Mankind’s Utopian Vision Never Changes

 

Old and New Tower of Babel

On the left is Brueghel’s famous painting of the unfinished Tower of Babel.

On the right is the finished EU Parliament Building in Strasbourg France.

The EU Motto is: “United in diversity.”

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Speaking on Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, Obama shared his latest utopian vision for America. Out of our failing economy, while drowning in debt, he sees America sailing “forward” with him to an “ocean of tomorrows” with a “sky of tomorrows”. Obama was paraphrasing the words of card carrying socialist and utopian visionary Carl Sandburg (1878 – 1967). Obama said:

“Well, America, we’ve made it through the worst of yesterday’s winds. We just have to have the courage to keep moving forward. We’ve got to set our eyes on the horizon. We will find an ocean of tomorrows. We will find a sky of tomorrows for the American people and for this great country that we love.”

It reminded me of his 2008 campaign speech when he promised that generations from now, we would be telling our children that this was the moment “when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal… This was the moment – this was the time – when we came together to remake this great nation”.

Question: Why would anyone attempt to “remake” a nation if it was already “great”?

All utopians basically think alike. For instance, President George H. W. Bush in 1990 thought the Persian Gulf War would bring about a utopian new world order:

“Out of these troubled times,… — a new world order — can emerge: a new era — freer from the threat of terror, stronger in the pursuit of justice, and more secure in the quest for peace. An era in which the nations of the world, East and West, North and South, can prosper and live in harmony. A hundred generations have searched for this elusive path to peace, while a thousand wars raged across the span of human endeavor. Today that new world is struggling to be born, a world quite different from the one we’ve known. A world where the rule of law supplants the rule of the jungle. A world in which nations recognize the shared responsibility for freedom and justice. A world where the strong respect the rights of the weak. This is the vision that I shared with President Gorbachev in Helsinki.”

His communist pal Mikhail Gorbachev also has utopian visions. He recently thought the Occupy Wall Street mobs would help usher in a new world order. On October 20th 2011 he spoke at Lafayette College and said:

“I believe America needs its own perestroika. The entire world situation did not develop properly. We saw deterioration where there should have been positive movement.

“My friend the late Pope John Paul II (another utopian) said it best. He said, ‘We need a new world order, one that is more stable, more humane, and more just.’ Others, including myself, have spoken about a new world order, but we are still facing the problem of building such a world order… problems of the environment, of backwardness and poverty, food shortages… all because we do not have a system of global governance. We cannot leave things as they were before, when we are seeing that these protests are moving to even new countries, that almost all countries are now witnessing such protests, that the people want change. As we are addressing these challenges, these problems raised by these protest movements, we will gradually find our way towards a new world order.”

In 2009, globalist Henry Kissinger told a reporter on CNBC that Obama should use the numerous global crises to help create a utopian new world order:

“The president-elect is coming into office at a moment when there is upheaval in many parts of the world simultaneously… He can give new impetus to American foreign policy partly because the reception of him is so extraordinary around the world. I think his task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, really, a new world order can be created.”

They all envision a wonderful paradise just over the horizon, just a bit further off into the future. Just a crisis or war away. They all truly believe that man is evolving and that we just need to keep looking and moving forward to finally reach the fulfillment of their dreams.

What they are attempting to do however (whether they realize it or not), is reclaim the paradise that was lost when Adam and Eve sinned against God. They dream of a man-made paradise without war, poverty, hunger, disease, injustice, crime, inequality, racism, unemployment etc., and they see humanity finally being united in peace under one banner – and all to the glory of man. Numerous failed attempts to unite humanity have been tried since the days of Nimrod and the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). Most of which  only succeeded is starting wars.

The worst part is that most utopian visionaries seem completely incapable of learning anything from history. They only look to the future, while Satan softly whispers in their ear:

“The global paradise with it’s ocean of tomorrows, a sky of tomorrows, is just over the next horizon. Just keep moving forward.”

Scripture reveals that man is not evolving or getting better. If anything, mankind is de-evolving and becoming more immoral and depraved with each passing day as we near the Tribulation:

“… all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.” – 2 Timothy 3:12-13

Neither the church, nor government, nor science, nor anything else under the sun – except Jesus Christ can create a global paradise. All man-made attempts will fail. Most of America’s Founding Fathers knew the Bible and world history extremely well. Which is why they never dreamed of even attempting to create a utopian paradise. They were realists, not idealists. They knew a paradise wasn’t humanly possible. So, they gave us the next best thing which could possibly work in this sin filled world – a Constitutional Republic with a limited government.

The Apostle John describes the future paradise Jesus will one day create. It will be infinitely better than anything mankind can possibly envision:

“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.’

“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’

“And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.’”

Have a blessed day!

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Sean Kirkpatrick

Sean Kirkpatrick posted at 2013-7-26 Category: Humanism